Photo Feature: October Heritage Month events

UCCS celebrated multiple Heritage & Identity Centric celebrations during the month of October, including Disability PRIDE & Awareness Month, LGBTQ+ Heritage Month, Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Intersex Awareness Day and National Coming Out Day. UCCS hosted a cumulation of events and programs to honor, learn and celebrate as a campus community. Learn more about each of these celebrations on the Division of DEI website.

“October is an exciting month where we as a community can celebrate many diverse and intersecting backgrounds and identities at UCCS,” said Rame Hanna, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. “We are grateful to the students, staff and faculty who worked collaboratively to organize these wonderful opportunities. These intentional efforts to center our diverse campus communities’ voices and lived experiences allow us to foster a more inclusive work and learning environment at UCCS.”

To honor Indigenous Peoples’ Day, Dining & Hospitality (in partnership with the Office of DEI Education and Outreach and MOSAIC & the LGBTQ+ Resource Center) hosted a dinner featuring a customized menu, storytelling and community conversations with students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members.

LGBTQ+ Poetry Night was hosted by the Excel Multiliteracy Center and the MOSAIC & LGBTQ+ Resource Center, who provided a space for participants to share and read their own poetry as part of National Coming Out Day.

Tre Wentling from the Women’s Ethnic Studies department spoke on the history, significance and complexities of LGBTQ+ Heritage Month at the DEI Munch & Learn hosted by Office of DEI Education & Outreach and the LGBTQ+ Resource Center. After the Munch & Learn, attendees had the opportunity to celebrate queer joy through music from the Out Loud Colorado Springs Men’s Chorus.

At the Intersection explored the intersecting identities of disability and queerness with a panel of speakers. Attendees had an opportunity to engage with the panelists, and learn about how queer people with disabilities navigate the challenges and opportunities in higher education and within society at large.

Throughout the month of October, the Kraemer Family Library had multiple displays honoring the many cultural and social identity centric celebrations, including:

From Oct. 16 through November, the 3rd floor display case in the Kraemer Family Library features a triad display recognizing Filipino-American, Polish-American and Italian-American Heritage Months in October. October is a culturally centric month, and it was recognized with multiple displays in the library, including one featuring a variety of materials pertaining to the heritage of these three groups.

To learn more about Disability Awareness month through various resources like books, films, podcasts, local businesses and campus/community partners, view the Disability Awareness Month Resource Page.

To learn more about LGBTQ+ Heritage month through various resources like books, films, podcasts, local businesses and campus/community partners, view the LGBTQ+ Heritage Month Resource Page.

To learn more about Native American Heritage month through various resources like books, films, podcasts, local businesses and campus/community partners, view the Native American Heritage Month Resource Page.